This six-month residency will provide time, space, and access to resources for mid-career arts writers to further develop their curatorial and critical writing, and conduct research, while engaging with artists-in-residence and programs in Visual + Digital Arts. The residency is suited to arts writers focused on the development of a substantial project resulting in an external publication, presentation, or exhibition with a strong critical arts writing component. Writers are encouraged to meet with artists-in-residence, share their work in the form of readings and presentations, and engage with Banff Centre's curatorial and artistic staff in the development of their external project.
What does the program offer?
Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes in contemporary artistic practice. Scheduled programming is light and designed to allow for ample research and writing, and time to collaborate with the creative community at Banff Centre.
Arts writers will benefit from the insight and mentorship of curatorial staff, visiting curators, faculty, and artists, as well as through interaction with Visual + Digital Arts residency programs and other arts programs across campus. This program requires a full six-month commitment, and variable dates will not be considered.
If a publishing partner for the proposed project is not yet identified, some assistance or coordination may be provided to secure an external opportunity for final publication of the work created while in residence.
Who should apply?
This program is open to arts writers exploring pertinent topics within visual arts and art criticism.
About the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)
The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think-tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities. BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.
On campus accommodations will be provided.
Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.
The Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.
You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.
Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.
A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 8-10 weeks following the application deadline.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.